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Slough Borough Council petitions against High Speed 2 depot

Slough Borough Council has opposed plans for a new High Speed 2 rail depot to be built in Langley.

Council representatives submitted a petition to the government this week in opposition to a parliamentary bill, which is part of the HS2 project, that would see the Heathrow Express depot at Old Oak Common moved to an area lying north-east of Langley station.

The move came after a full council meeting in July voted to oppose the bill, with councillors concerned over the impact the new station would have on residents and local businesses.

The council said the new depot could lead to road access issues and take up land needed for family housing.

Slough Borough Council assistant director of assets, infrastructure and regeneration Joe Carter said: “We’ve got serious concerns about the impact of the depot, both while it’s being constructed and when it becomes fully operational.

“Major issues like road access, air quality and the loss of land earmarked for much-needed family housing have not been properly considered, and no details have been given on how the effects would be mitigated.”

Slough Borough Council commissioner for social and economic inclusion Sohail Munawar added: “We’re not against the HS2 scheme itself, but we don’t think Langley is the right place for the depot.

“HS2 has not provided enough evidence to justify moving it there, and we’ve had no details about why other potential locations were rejected.”

An HS2 spokesperson said: “It is important that all parties who feel they may be affected by the construction and operation of HS2 are able to petition.

“These petitions will now be considered by the select committee as part of the hybrid bill parliamentary process.

“The petition will now be heard by the government’s select committee and a decision is expected later this year.”

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